Scotland’s Climate Tech Opportunity: COP26, Innovation & Net Zero

Live Report Launch

Friday 8 October, 0930 – 1200

Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ


Opening Address: Jane Wood, BT Group Nations and Regions Director
Discussion on BT’s Green Recovery Platform, Forth-ERA: Simon Haston, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Regions and Devolved Nations, BT Group
Keynote Address: Ivan McKee, MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism & Enterprise
Innovation Critical, Report: David Kelly, SCDI, Policy Manager

Panel Q&A

Mr McKee MSP joins a panel of expert speakers

Dr Mark Dames, BT Group Senior Manager External Affairs, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Stephen Ingledew, Executive Chair, FinTech Scotland
Clare Rampen, Co-Founder, Reath
Dr Jano van Hemert, Convener-Enterprise Fellowship Committee, RSE, Edinburgh

You may have attended our online launch for Innovation Critical – Scotland’s Net Zero Mission and Climate Tech Opportunity, our ambitious and forward-looking report into Scotland’s Climate Tech opportunity.

This live launch event gives you the chance to come together in person with government, stakeholders and other invited SCDI members to understand the key challenges and recommendations from the report, and how they have been received since publication.

Achieving global net zero will be humankind’s greatest innovation challenge. We will need to collaborate and innovate better and faster than ever before to transform and decarbonise our economy and our society. ​

We believe we can leverage our innovative start-ups, world-class colleges and universities and other capabilities to become a leading innovator and exporter of digital technologies which support climate action around the world.

Earlier this year, we published Innovation Critical: Scotland’s Net Zero Mission and Climate Tech Opportunity in partnership with BT, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and ScotlandIS – an ambitious new report which explores the role which digital technologies like 5G, AI and data analytics can play in reducing carbon emissions and addressing the Climate Emergency.

Our report found that Climate Tech represents a major strategic opportunity for the Scottish economy to create green jobs, raise productivity, attract investment and boost exports. But we also identified seven challenges facing the sector – from skills and funding to new models of innovation – and proposed ten recommendations to address them.

We called for the launch of a new national innovation mission – the ‘Climate Tech Moonshot’ – before COP26 with the aim of achieving at least one Climate Tech unicorn in Scotland by 2025. It also made the case for a new Climate Tech Accelerator and Cluster to provide integrated advice, funding and support.

Join us on Friday 8 October at the RSE in Edinburgh to discuss with Climate Tech experts, innovators and leaders how our ideas could be implemented and how Scotland can make the most of hosting COP26, the critical global climate summit, in Glasgow this November.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, and haven’t received an invitation, please get in touch.

With thanks to our partners